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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Associated Press college football poll was released Monday, which means that the football season is around the corner. I have put together a composite of various opinions for this year’s college football season.

The AP poll, the granddaddy of all polls which began in 1936, used to be the rating everyone watched. No more, yet it is still respected by the media since journalists and broadcasters are the ones who vote in the poll. The ranking that matters now is the College Football Playoff Poll, which determines the final four teams for the playoffs. The CFP Poll will be announced on Halloween. The CFP rankings will be released six times and culminate with the final poll on December 3 to determine the final four playoffs participants.

This year’s composite (which I reveal sources at the end of this article) of 15 prognostications have Alabama at the top, followed by Ohio State, Florida State, and Clemson. Those teams are predicted to be in the playoffs at the end of the season, according to these soothsayers.

Oklahoma came in at No. 5. ESPN, Jeff Sagarin, and Massey Ratings have the Sooners in the playoffs with a No. 4 ranking. Oklahoma State, which has a high rating by most prognosticators, was not rated by ESPN nor Power Rank. However, Sports Illustrated has picked the Cowboys to finish fourth in the country.

Three other Big 12 teams made the composite ranking—Texas at No. 19, Kansas State at No. 20, and TCU at No. 22.

The Crimson Tide was nearly a unanimous No. 1, but ESPN had them ranked second behind Ohio State. The Buckeyes will host OU on Sept. 9. The Sooner’s other ranked foes are OSU, Texas, Kansas State and TCU. The Cowboys also will meet the Longhorns, Wildcats and Horned Frogs.

Let’s take a look at the composite of the preseason Top 25. Number of votes with 25 going to the first-place pick, 24 for second place, etc.

Voters: AP; Amway Coaches; CBS Sports; Sports Illustrated; ESPN; College Football News; Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports; Lindy’s Sports; Power Rank; Athlons; IBT Times; Kenneth Massey, Massey Ratings; 247 Sports; Phil Steele; Jeff Sagarin; and Sporting News.

1.  Alabama - 374

2.  Ohio State - 354

3.  Florida State - 343

4.  Clemson - 309

5.  Oklahoma - 300

6.  USC - 294

7.  Washington - 277

8.  Penn State - 275

9.  Wisconsin - 237

10. Auburn - 231

11. LSU - 213

12. Stanford - 186

13. Michigan - 181

14. Oklahoma State - 180

15. Georgia - 178

16. Florida - 154

17. Louisville - 148

18. Miami - 130

19. Texas - 65

20. Kansas State - 63

21. South Florida - 56

22. TCU - 43

23. Virginia Tech - 42

24. Notre Dame - 38

25. Tennessee - 35

 

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Ray Dozier is the author of Legends of Oklahoma Sooners Football and two editions of The...

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